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Hyundai has confirmed that its next hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle will use a bespoke chassis for a more purpose-ready design. It will also be built in right-hand drive, and will arrive in Australia at the end of 2018.

Hyundai public relations general manager Bill Thomas, confirmed to CarAdvice that the new model would come to Australia in 2018, with 20 vehicles already sold to the ACT government.

“The full hydrogen car, that’s the exciting one. We’re looking at 2018 for that car. That’s confirmed for right-hand drive. The next-gen car will sit on a bespoke body and chassis, so it’s not a Tucson-based platform,” Thomas said.

“The question on that was whether or not we’d get it in right-hand drive, that is definitely happening.”

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“We’ve sold 20 recently to the ACT government. It could be the first order of that type in the world for that car,” said Thomas.

The hydrogen vehicle is an exciting proposition for Hyundai, given that it is likely to be the first manufacturer with a right-hand drive hydrogen vehicle on the market in Australia.

The next-generation vehicle from Hyundai is expected to have an extended driving range with a refuelling time of around seven minutes.

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“The current one is 600km, but we are expecting the next one to be more,” Thomas said.

Don’t expect the hydrogen-fuelled Hyundai to be cheap, though. Thomas suggests that the vehicle will cost around the same as the Mirai, which is currently priced at around $80,000 in the USA.

“I won’t go into the detail on cost, but if you think Mirai perhaps, it’s around that price, you can draw some conclusions on where that would be,” said Thomas.

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Hyundai expects to see the new hydrogen vehicle testing locally ahead of its launch in 2018, with the brand committed to facilitating talks with the government to extend infrastructure.

“That car will almost certainly come to Australia for testing. But, we need somewhere to refuel it. It’ll be based out of our headquarters, I assume,” Thomas said.

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